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Associate Director, Medical Communications, Rare Neurology

date posted 10/08/2019
contract type Full time
job id R2522942
location Cambridge, Massachusetts

Associate Director, Medical Communications │ Rare Neurology

The Associate Director of Medical Communications constitutes a vital member of the Global Scientific Engagement & Communications and Global Medical Affairs teams, focused on developing the global medical communications strategy; planning, managing, and preparing internal and external communications of key scientific and clinical data; and implementation of medical education initiatives. The Associate Director will collaborate with cross-functional teams to lead medical communications, both internally and externally, to prepare for key upcoming launches within Rare Neurology. A key element of this role will be to motivate, drive and encourage collaborating cross-functions and internal resources towards successful execution of the medical communications plan.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Becoming subject matter expert and internal liaison for diseases within the Rare Neurology franchise
  • Developing, managing, and executing annual and long-range global medical communications plans and budgets, collaborating cross-functionally to ensure alignment with overall objectives
  • Developing and updating lexicons and strategic scientific platforms to be used by global cross-functional teams
  • Developing and updating a core set of strategically aligned, balanced, and accurate medical communications materials (e.g., slide decks, FAQ guides, brochures, videos/animations, etc.) aligned with applicable guidelines, areas of clinical interest, and educational needs of clinicians that can be used worldwide
  • Driving the strategy and execution of digital medical communications
  • Developing educational/training resources that are aligned with the needs of cross-functional team
  • Overseeing internal and external medical communications related to congress activities
  • Continuously surveying the medical and scientific literature for the identification of relevant publications, and leading development of monthly literature updates and annotated summaries of key publications
  • Moderating and managing development of content, resources, and materials for scientific exchange in advisory boards and symposia
  • Collaborating with external vendors in the execution of the strategic medical communication plan
  • Providing overall project management for medical communications projects, to manage team workloads and demands, achieve goals and objectives, and ensure quality, accuracy, and timeliness of all projects
  • Identifying and implementing best practices and standardized processes for scientific meeting/congress planning, advisory boards, and other scientific communications. 
  • Uphold the highest level of editorial and scientific integrity for all projects in accordance with all applicable internal corporate, professional society, governmental/regulatory, and biopharmaceutical industry policies and guidelines

Basic Qualifications:

  • Advanced scientific degree (e.g., PhD, PharmD) in life sciences
  • 5 or more years of scientific communications/medical affairs experience within the pharma/biotech industry
  • Have demonstrated ability in project management and the successful interaction with external key opinion leaders
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Acrobat.  Datavision expertise a plus
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and able to work independently as well as within cross-functional teams
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, thinks critically, and adheres to deadlines
  • Exemplary people skills, and the capability to collaborate with Key Opinion Leaders in a credible, responsive and focused manner is a necessity
  • Ability to multi-task and interpret and critique scientific and medical literature with respect to scientific and business implications are essential

Reporting to: Scientific Director, Global Scientific Engagement & Communications – Rare Neurology & Pediatrics

Location: Cambridge, MA, USA

Travel: Approximately 20% (international and domestic)


Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.

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